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Manna Food Pantries Celebrates 4th Annual Fill A Bowl Event
by Jennie McKeon

At the Fill A Bowl for Manna event, you can feed yourself and your community in one donation.

“All of the funds raised go to our operations budget,” said Manna executive director, Tim Evans. “The $25 you pay is just about what it takes to pay for a week’s worth of food for an individual.”

The event will be held on Saturday, Jan. 15 from 1-3 p.m. For $25 you can choose your own handcrafted bowl and fill it with soups prepared by some of Pensacola’s best restaurants. There will also be a silent auction of larger ceramic bowls and music.

The restaurants participating will be: Portabello Market, The Global Grill, The Fish House, Jerry’s Cajun Café, Seville Quarter, Bagelheads, Classic City Catering, Apple Market, The Grand Marlin, Nancy’s Haute Affairs, Angus Steakhouse and Caponi’s Grill.

“We cover a broad spectrum,” Evans said. “We have a wide variety, from fine dining like Global Grill, to Cajun from Jerry’s Cajun Café and even classic, signature soups.”

Manna also collaborates with the Pensacola State College art department to provide the ceramic bowls. The art department creates the majority of the 500 bowls that will be available at the event.

At the Fill A Bowl event you also have the opportunity to get a sneak peek of the Manna operation, since the event will be held at Manna’s main pantry located at 116 E. Gonzalez St.

“The event has done two specific things for Manna,” Evans said. “On the income side it has brought in about $20,000 to feed the community. It also invites people to come in and get a feel for what Manna does for the community.”

If you feel like slurping on some soup for a good cause, go ahead and fill a bowl.

“We want people to come and get a sense of being a part of the community and the Manna organization,” Evans said. “Folks who come to the event help feed a family.”
FILL A BOWL FOR MANNA
WHEN: 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 15
WHERE: Manna Food Pantries, 116 E. Gonzalez St.
COST: $25
DETAILS: mannafoodpantries.org, or 432-2053